A picture is worth a thousand words.
There is no credible certainty regarding the origin of those words above. We do know the overall concept was loosely suggested in the nineteenth century via writings penned like this, “The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book.”
(Ivan S. Turgenev, Fathers and Sons (1862))
Greater clarity and more succinct wording were actually provided in a presentation by newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane to the Syracuse Advertising Men’s Club in 1911. A segment of his editorial counsel in that presentation to this group read as follows …
“Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.”
That’s more than close enough for our purposes.
So, what is the picture we are painting here? Let’s begin with your own words …
I want to recommend making the “Lessons” page more visible to students. The Lessons page is where students actually read and learn the content for their course. Students should spend at least 80% of their time in the “Lessons” page. Yet to access these Lessons, students have to hunt around for them.
And to quote another idea in the same vein …
Any chance we can get the most used icon on the toolbar (students, assessments – like the email icon)?
There were some other email messages and suggestions regarding shortcuts to navigation for both teachers and students. The development team researched to find out where both groups were most likely to travel. It turned out that the primary destinations for teachers were not identical as those for students. Teachers most often visited their workload (ASSESSMENTS) and the STUDENTS roster. Students also visited their own workload (ASSESSMENTS) and the LESSONS. Both groups already had instant access to EMAIL, HOME, and the MAIN MENU. The job for this week was to create ready access to those Educator sections targetged above. It began with a gathering of icons:
PLEASE NOTE: The icons above are reversed, black vs. white, from those on your actual toolbar. The MAIN MENU icon has not changed. It’s the universally accepted icon for main menus everywhere. This icon is now joined by ASSESSMENTS for both teachers and students. In addition … students will see LESSONS on the toolbar, and teachers will see STUDENTS.
Views were obviously developed for laptop/desktop screens for teachers:
… as well as students:
During our testing with the FLVS QA team, it was suggested that the same icons needed likewise presentation on mobile devices. Why not add them to the toolbar on tablets and phones? After a return trip to the drawing board, these icons were also added to the current mobile toolbar for both teachers (blue) and students (green):
These new toolbars have been tested for a couple of weeks. They are being released to all users at this time. We trust that these navigation enhancements will be well received. Please let us know what you think.
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